the former

Walton-on-the-Naze Jewish Community

and Hebrew Congregation

Walton-on-the-Naze, Essex




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Walton-on-the-Naze is a small town and resort in North East Essex on the North Sea coast, just south of Harwich, having a population of about 12,000.  It is within the local government district of Tendring in the county of Essex.  Tendring was formed in 1974 by the merger of the Frinton and Walton urban district with several adjoining local authorities.

Walton-on-the-Naze Jewish Community

There was a Jewish community and congregation in the town, dating back to the opening there of a Jewish convalescent home, Samuel Lewis Convalescent Home, in 1910, The town had some popularity as a resort in the 1930s, with a number of Jewish guest houses, although this ended with outbreak of World War II. Although the Jewish convalescent home was re-opened after the War, it closed in 1976. For further details, see article by Harold Pollins - Jews of Walton-on-the-Naze.

Congregation Data


Walton-on-the-Naze Hebrew Congregation(ii)

Formation, Address and Closure:

First Phase

In 1935 a synagogue was established at a kosher boarding house - ‘Saville House’, 31 (later 31-37) Saville Street, Walton-on-the-Naze.(iii) (Previously services - initially only on High Holy Days - had been held at the Samuel Lewis Convalescent Home, Walton-on-the-Naze, from about 1913(iv)).

With the advent of World War II in 1939, the boarding house, as well as the convalescent home, closed.(v)

Second Phase

In 1949, services resumed at the refurbished Samuel Lewis Convalescent Home(vii) (which was occupied by the military during World War II and suffered damage by enemy action(viii)) and a new synagogue was reconsecrated there in 1966.(ix) 

However, Services ceased when the convalescent home closed in 1976.(x)


The congregation was apparently unaffiliated


Ashkenazi - Orthodox

Registration District (BMDs):

Essex since 1 February 2010(xi) - link to Register Office website.

Cemetery Details

There is no Jewish cemetery in Walton-on-the-Naze.


Online Articles and Other Material
relating to the Walton-on-the-Naze Jewish Community


on Third Party website


Notes & Sources
( returns to text above)

  • (i) Reserved.

  • (ii) The congregation was listed under this name in the Jewish Year Book 1936, its sole appearance.

  • (iii) Jewish Chronicle report of 14 June 1935. contains the first mention of a synagogue. The Jewish Year Book 1936 states that the congregation was established in 1935.

  • (iv) Jewish Chronicle report of 17 October 1913.

  • (v) Jewish Chronicle report of 1 July 1949.

  • (vi) Reserved.

  • (vii) Jewish Chronicle report of 1 July 1949.

  • (viii) Jewish Chronicle report of 5 November 1948.

  • (ix) Jewish Chronicle report of 9 September 1966.

  • (x) Jewish Chronicle report of 16 April 1976.

  • (xi) Previous Registration Districts: Tendring (from 1 July 1837 to 1 July 1939); Colchester (from 1 July 1839 to 1 February 2010). Any registers would be held by the current register office

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Page created : 9 December 2007
Data significantly expanded: 21 November 2016
Page most recently amended and notes added: 7 February 2023

Research by Harold Pollins and David Shulman
Formatting by David Shulman

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